Thursday, 1 December 2016
Two of my blind embossings inspired by the geology collection at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery are included in East London Printmakers exhibition 'Festival of Print' which is open from 2nd December - 11th December 11am to 6pm at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY
The Private View open this evening 1st December and all are welcome 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, 5 November 2016
Earlier this week we were back at Westhope College, near Craven Arms, Shropshire to run another one of our popular lino print workshops making cards and gift tags. Westhope is in the lovely Shropshire countryside and is beautiful at any time of the year and at the moment the autumn leaves are putting on a spectacular show of deep reds, orange, brown and yellow while the meadow is still green.
This workshop is devised for beginners, learning to linoprint for the first time and improvers who want to practice more. Most of the students chose to make Christmas cards and tags but the choice is yours, using a drawing, image or photo of your own to work from. At dinnertime a light lunch is provided and in the afternoon home made cake.
Our next workshop at Westhope is in the Spring on Wednesday 15th March and I'm really looking forward to seeing what new cards and gift tags the students produce.
Here is a selection of some of the designs produced this week:
Beautiful sunset to finish our day at Westhope:
Monday, 19 September 2016
My new work 'Reveal Conceal' has now been installed at BPN Architects in Birmingham and is available to view there from 19th - 23rd September. It's been exciting making this series of prints experimenting with composition, colour and exhibition space.
Artist and photographer Amy Lunn has been documenting my work and the processes I have been using which has been helpful to have someone other than myself recording the work from a distance. Two of her photos are below along with some of mine:
|Photo by Amy Lunn|
|Photo by Amy Lunn|
'Library of Birmingham' this limited edition screen print is of a different view of the Library. I particularly wanted to include the Brutalist architecture of the car park to provide a contrast to the patterned layers of the Library:
'BT Tower, Birmingham' below is a preparatory drawing for this screen print, test print and final print. The red is an amalgam of two buildings on Newhall Street in Birmingham which were built in the late 1800s. They are full of character and include arched bays, an oriel tower and are decorated by fabulous beasts:
Sunday, 4 September 2016
I've been busy over the last few months working on a new collaboration with BPN Architects in Birmingham.
I'm really excited about this collaboration and the theme of my project which is 'Reveal, Conceal' , inspired by buildings and architecture around the area which the BPN Architects is situated.
I started by walking around the area surrounding Mary Street, taking photos and getting a feel, essence of place. I noticed a lot of construction work taking place with some buildings wrapped in scaffolding, netting and plastic sheeting, either brightly coloured or devoid of colour. These wrappings will eventually be removed and reveal new or renovated buildings underneath.
Walking along Newhall Street into the city through the vistas of the side streets I glimpsed some of the iconic Birmingham buildings which were also juxtaposed with other interesting buildings. One of the views that I've concentrated on is of Birmingham Library is from the side and with a concrete, brutalist style car park in front of it which isn't the view that's it's usually seen from. At this distance the colours are less saturated with atmospheric perspective, I've included this on some of the prints along with others that are more vibrant and colourful.
The work will be for BPN’s loading bay and inside the building. I am making a series of prints themed ‘Reveal, Conceal’, referencing the changing landscape of building work interspersed with glimpses of iconic buildings around the Jewellery Quarter.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
This is one event in the calendar that I really look forward to the Borderland Visual Arts Open Studio where four of us are showing our work at sculptor Judy Greaves' studio in Bronygarth near Chirk.
It's a beautiful peaceful, quiet place and the views from the studio are stunning even though the weather this year is alternating between some quite heavy downpours of rain and sunshine:
As we show visitors around there are refreshments available and artist Diana Baur has been taking advantage of the beautiful light in the studio to do some painting:
Judy carving stone:
Me with my work in front of John Smout's paintings:
Me with my artist books and framed prints on the wall behind:
My framed 'Purple Elephant' limited edition screen print:
I also managed to visit the studio of artist Gill Crozier and purchase one of her prints and a ceramic vessel of Dorothy Harrison's for a present:
Sunday, 12 June 2016
This weekend and next weekend 11th, 12th June & 18th, 19th June, Sculptor Judy Greaves, Artists Diana Baur, John Smout and myself will be showing our work for Borderland Visual Arts Open Studios at Bronygarth 10.00am to 5.00pm
Please feel free to come and visit us and Judy's beautiful garden, refreshments available
Ashfield, Bronygarth, Oswestry SY10 7LY